Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Limited

On 14 January 2013, a worker was injured when he was hit by a steel beam whilst he was in a scissor lift, assisting with the installation of an awning.

Alleged breach

Section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Summary of undertaking

Activities Brookfield will undertake include:

  • Develop a draft practical guide to the safe erection of multi-element steel structures' consistent with the Australian Steel Institute Structural Steelwork Fabrication and Erection Code of Practice (2014), which will be distributed across the business throughout Australia.
  • Apply the Safework Australia best practice guidance for developing and mapping a safety intervention and utilise the map to develop process and outcomes measures to monitor the implementation of the enforceable undertaking intervention.
  • Distribute the 'Practical guide to the safe erection of multi-element steel structures' across the business throughout Australia.
  • Develop and Implement a training video summarising the process detailed in the 'Practical guide to the safe erection of multi-element steel structures'.
  • Conduct due diligence refresher training for executive groups.
  • Conduct a critical review of 'A draft practical guide to the safe erection of multi-element steel structures'.
  • Share the 'Practical guide to the safe erection of multi-element steel structures' with industry.
  • Make training materials and resources freely available.
  • Present a paper at the Australian Steel Institute National Convention and provide support for a separate Fabricator/Detailer session.
  • Fund WHS education scholarships at Wollongong and Newcastle Universities.

This undertaking has a total expenditure of $418,425.

Reasons for accepting the undertaking

  • the alleged contravention does not appear to be a section 31 Reckless conduct category 1 offence, which if it was the case, would preclude the proposed undertaking from being accepted
  • the nature of the alleged contravention and the actions taken by Brookfield in response to the incident are assessed as being appropriate for consideration of an undertaking
  • the strategies proposed in the undertaking have been assessed as likely to deliver long term sustainable safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community
  • the undertaking addresses the requirements contained within the “Enforceable Undertakings – Guidelines for Proposing a WHS Undertaking”.

Date accepted

2 October 2015

Date variation accepted

20 April 2016

Further information

View the Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Limited enforceable undertaking.

View the variation to the accepted enforceable undertaking dated 20 April 2016.